African Americans, Suburban Women Don't Feel Better Off Under Joe Biden: Poll

Voters in key demographic groups do not believe they are better off with President Joe Biden in office and some believe their situation has worsened since last year, according to a new poll.

A Zogby Analytics poll published on January 24 found that pluralities of African Americans, Hispanics and suburban women did not think they were better off now than when Biden took office.

Those three groups are widely regarded as key demographics in winning elections and the president's party is facing a potentially tough fight to retain control of Congress in the November midterms.

The Zogby Analytics poll found that 44 percent of respondents said their lives were worse off, while 30 percent said they were better off and 27 percent said their lives were the same.

The poll was conducted among 1,311 likely voters from December 21 to 22, 2021. It had a margin of error of +/-2.7 percent.

Of particular concern for Democrats may be the views of voters in the key demographic groups.

The poll found that 41 percent of African Americans believed their lives were the same, 33 percent believed they were better off and 25 percent said they were worse off.

Among Hispanic voters, 37 percent said they worse off, compared to 32 percent who said their lives were better and 30 percent who believed their lives were the same.

African American and Hispanic voters formed a key part of President Biden's support in the 2020 presidential election, though former President Donald Trump also performed relatively well with the latter group.

In addition, the poll found that 43 percent of suburban women believed they were worse off now than when Biden took office last year, while just 20 percent said they were better off and 38 percent said their lives were the same.

Suburban women were also crucial to the Democrats' victories in 2020, which may make the findings in the Zogby Analytics poll a cause for concern in the party ahead of the midterms.

Among white people, 49 percent believed they were worse off, 29 percent said their lives were better and 22 percent said their lives were the same. Pluralities of every generation apart from Millennials said their lives were worse.

The Biden administration has had some economic success with the unemployment rate falling to just 3.9 percent in December, down from 4.2 percent in November. The unemployment rate stood at 6.3 percent when the president took office.

However, many voters remain gloomy about the economy amid high inflation and the ongoing pandemic. Inflation hit a 39-year high of 7 percent in December and could be a factor in November if the situation persists.

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the 90th Winter Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors on January 21, 2022 in Washington, D.C. A new poll has found some key demographic groups don't think they're better off under Biden. Alex Wong/Getty Images